New gonorrhea strain makes debut in Australia

A new multidrug-resistant strain of gonorrhoea has surfaced in Australia.

Writing in the New England Journal of Medicine, Australian authors report the A8806 strain of Neisseria gonorrhoeae has a “mosaic penicillin-binding protein 2 with two of three key substitutions leading to ceftriaxone resistance”.

This is the third sporadic report of ceftriaxone-resistant strain of N.gonorrhoeae in the past five years, the authors say. The other two were identified as H041 and F89 in Japan and France in 2009

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